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Science and the Sacred

Science and the Sacred

August 2009 Archives

Decent Swordfish

posted by kgiberson

Source: FotoosVanRobin / Flickr / All Rights Reserved Every Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s co-presidents: Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. Today’s entry was written by Karl Giberson. I love the show […]

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An Obituary for the “Warfare” View of Science and Religion

Every Friday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from a guest voice in the science and religion dialogue. This week’s guest entry was written by Edward B. (Ted) Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College […]

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The Flagellum Unspun

In his book No Free Lunch, William Dembski makes the case for intelligent design by arguing that the bacterial flagellum, thanks to its apparent irreducible and specified complexity, could never have been produced through evolution. To support his argument, Dembski […]

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God’s Answer

“This new knowledge of the galaxies is exhilirating and terrifying, beautiful and dreadful… The Hubble Deep Field photo opens us to a cosmos of capacious grandeur — a universe of 50 billion galaxies blowing like snowflakes in a cosmic storm… […]

The Question

“Do you believe in evolution?” It’s a common question, asked in countless schools, churches, debates, and surveys. However, as Douglas Swartzendruber, professor of biology at Seaver College, notes in his essay “Scientific Knowledge and Belief in God”, it’s a question […]

On Reducing Irreducible Complexity, Part I

posted by Darrel Falk

Every Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s co-presidents: Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. Today’s entry was written by Darrel Falk. Someone needs to write a book about the emergence of evolutionary biology […]

The Ancient Science in the Bible

Every Friday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from a guest voice in the science and religion dialogue. This week’s guest entry was written by Denis O. Lamoureux, author of the books Evolutionary Creation and I Love Jesus and […]

Creator and Father

When describing God’s role in creation, many use language and images that present God as a master designer, fashioning the universe by his hands. Certainly, when looking at the almost machine-like complexity of life, the idea of God as a […]

Two Complementary Accounts

The creation accounts of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 seem to tell completely different stories. In Genesis 1, creation is presented in successive stages, with God showing his satisfaction with each result. While the creation of man is mentioned, it […]

Darwin’s Search Engine

Is evolution predictable? Many would argue that it is not. After all, the driving mechanisms of evolution — natural selection, genetic mutation, genetic variation, mass extinctions, etc. — seem to defy a linear, predictable path. Indeed, some cite the apparent […]

No Room at the Inn?

posted by kgiberson

Every Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s leaders: Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. Today’s entry was written by Karl Giberson. Watching the discussion surrounding Francis Collins’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) appointment […]

Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster

Every Friday, “Science and the Sacred” will feature an essay from a guest voice in the science and religion dialogue. This week’s guest entry was written by Michael Ruse, author and philosopher of biology at Florida State University. His upcoming […]

The Fragile Beauty of Life

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:4, NIV At times, the Earth can seem like a massive place. As we look at the wonders of living creatures, […]

One Step at a Time

The diagram above shows the complex process of the human blood-clotting cascade, which requires the interaction of at least a dozen different proteins to properly work. The system is so complex that intelligent design proponents argue that it cannot be […]

Following Nature’s Design

In this TED talk, Janine Benyus describes some of nature’s most efficient and intriguing designs and how we can learn from them to better our own inventions through the process of biomimicry. As Benyus reminds us, humans are not the […]

The Vision Lives On

posted by Darrel Falk

Every Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s leaders: Francis Collins, Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. However, in light of the news of Francis Collins’s confirmation as director of the National Institutes of […]

Snapshots

Source: blakebill91 / Flickr / All Rights Reserved A common criticism of evolutionary theory is the apparent lack of transitional fossils throughout the fossil record. If evolution were true, argue opponents, why do we not find more fossils that “link” […]

Even Our Vestigial Organs Can Play An Important Part

A few weeks ago, we did a post on vestigial organs — organs that were once integral to our survival that we seem to have evolved beyond needing. Among the list were organs such as our appendix, our wisdom teeth, […]

The Problem With Two Little Words

In 1995, the National Association of Biology Teachers published its “Statement on Teaching Evolution.” The goal of the statement was to help address the controvery surrounding evolutionary theory in high school classrooms. However, rather than help alleviate the controversy, the […]

The Necessity of Faith

posted by kgiberson

Every Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s leaders: Francis Collins, Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. Today’s entry was written by Karl Giberson. Some Christians apparently believe that faith is a bad word. […]

Astronomy and Accomodation

“But the discoveries that come streaming in from our telescopes are inspiring thoughtful people not to subsume science to faith or faith to science, but to seek an accomodation between the two. It is this quest that is winning adherents […]

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We're Moving
Science & the Sacred is moving to our new home on The BioLogos Foundation's Web site. Be sure to visit and bookmark our new location to stay up to date with the latest blogs from Karl Giberson, Darrel Falk, Pete Enns, and our various guests in the science-religion dialogue. We're inaugurating ou

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 11, 2009 | read full post »

Shiny Scales, Silvery Skins, and Evolution
  Source: Physorg.comIridescence -- a key component of certain makeup, paints, coatings of mirrors and lenses -- is also an important feature in the natural world. Both fish and spiders make use of periodic photonic systems, which scatter or reflect the light that passes against their scales or

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 09, 2009 | read full post »

A Stellar Advent Calendar
Looking for a unique way to mark the days of the Advent season? The Web site Boston.com offers an Advent calendar composed of images from the Hubble Telescope, both old and new. Each day, from now until the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, the calendar will offer a beautiful image from the hea

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 09, 2009 | read full post »

Belief, Guidance, and Evolution
Recently BioLogos' Karl Giberson was interviewed by Marcio Campos for the Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo's Tubo De Ensaio (i.e. "Test tube") section. What follows is a translated transcript of that interview, which we will be posting in three installments. Here is the first. Campos: Starting o

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 08, 2009 | read full post »

Let's Come at this From a Different Angle
Every Friday, "Science and the Sacred" features an essay from a guest voice in the science and religion dialogue. This week's guest entry was written by Peter Enns. Enns is an evangelical Christian scholar and author of several books and commentaries, including the popular Inspiration and Incarnatio

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 04, 2009 | read full post »

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